Faith and Service-Learning

Posted by on February 14, 2011

Kansas Campus Compact Spring 2011 Webinars

Kansas Campus Compact is excited to announce the slate of topics for the Spring 2011 KsCC Webinars.  As before, these webinars are designed to provide a variety of opportunities to learn from experts in the fields of civic engagement and service-learning from Kansas and across the nation.  The semester, we’re fortunate to have two recognized authors from Calvin College joining us to discuss service-learning in faith contexts.  And in March, just before thunderstorm season starts in earnest in the Midwest, we’ll be talking about how best to mobilize students for disaster response.

Each webinar will be hosted by Kansas Campus Compact and will last approximately one hour, including substantial time for questions and answers.  Registered participants will be sent details on how to log in and how to use the Wimba webinar technology.

Registration for all non-KsCC members is $30 for each registration.  Each registration is valid for one (1) login.

All webinars will be recorded and registered participants will have free access to these recordings for six months after they are conducted.  Questions can be directed to Matthew Lindsey at or (785) 532-6896.

Registration Instructions:  Non-KsCC Members: Go to  Provide the name, email address, and institution for each registrant and submit payment information.  Receipts and login/technical details will be provided upon registration.

Registration closes one week prior to each webinar.

February 16th, 2011, 2:30pm Central
Faith and Service-Learning
Dr. Gail Gunst Heffner and Dr. Claudia DeVries Beverslaus – Calvin College

Join Gail Heffner and Claudia Beversluis, editors of Community and Connection: Service Learning and Christian Higher Education, in a conversation about community engagement and service-learning at faith-based colleges.  What animates this work and what are some practices that enable engaged education to be successful at a faith-based institution?

Dr. Gail Gunst Heffner currently serves as the Director of Academic Community Engagement in the Office of the Provost at Calvin College.  She served as the principal investigator for a project funded by the Teagle Foundation, “Strengthening Liberal Arts Education by Embracing Place and Particularity.”   Prior to her current appointment Gail was the Associate Director of the Calvin Center for Social Research from 2001-2004 and the Director of Academically Based Service-Learning from 1994-2001 where she helped launch the Calvin Environmental Assessment Program (CEAP).  Her Ph.D. is in Urban Studies and Resource Development from Michigan State University and she holds a masters degree in Economic and Social Development from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

She has published articles on community-based research, social capital, engaged scholarship, community development, and environmental service-learning.  She is a co-author of Commitment and Connection: Service-Learning and Christian Higher Education

Dr. Claudia DeVries Beversluis is the provost of Calvin College, a position she assumed in 2006.  Provost Beversluis began her tenure at Calvin in 1990, first as a faculty member in the Psychology Department and later as dean for instruction.  A native of Chicago, Provost Beversluis received her masters in clinical psychology in 1981 and her Ph.D. in 1983 from Loyola University.  Prior to Calvin, she served as a minister of congregational life and as a clinical psychologist specializing in child, adolescent, and family therapy.  Her teaching and research have been in brain and behavior, identity development, gender and sexuality, adolescents and worship, and community engagement.

She is a co-editor of the book Community and Connection: Service Learning and Christian Higher Education, and frequently gives lectures and workshops on higher education.

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